LESIA MARUSCHAK creates mobile memory spaces. Born in 1961 in Saskatchewan she spent her
childhood on the Canadian prairies, land settled by her ancestors in 1874. Maruschak’s work - a complex
exploration of memory and sensual expression - informs and expands what it means to create.
According to Monica Allende, “Maruscha’s work reflects on the visual memory of history, and the role
of the artist in the decolonization of narratives which are critical issues in photography debate.”
Working across the still and moving image, sculpture and painting, Maruschak creates objects which
encapsulate narratives emerging from fragments often multiplied thousands of times. Her commitment
to making drives her to push what her camera captures until she arrives at an abstract sensual
representation - almost otherworldly.
In just three years of practice Maruschak’s works have been collected by museums, exhibited in many
solo and group photographic exhibitions in nine countries. She is also a maker of fine books. Her most
recent publication MARIA received the International Arsenal Book Festival’s Grand Prix (2019, Kyiv). Her
Limited-Edition Art Book, TRANSFIGURATION, has been acquired by numerous private and public
collections including Duke University, Stanford University, Athenaeum, Columbia University, Thomas J.
Dodd Research Center, and the Library of Congress. Maruschak collaborates with recognized
international memory museums, lectures at international conferences such as FORMAT 19 University of
Derby (2019). She makes special guest appearances at photo festivals including PhotoVenezia (2018)
and Palm Springs Photo Festival (2017). In 2014, The Governor General of Canada presented Maruschak
with the Caring Canadian and Silver Medal Award for her work.
Maruschak holds a MA in Ethnography and an MBA in International Management.
She spends her time between Alvena and Ottawa, Canada.
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